Honopu Ridge Trail

Waimea Canyon, HI

Honopu Ridge

fast facts

Location: Waimea Canyon, Hawaii
Terrain: Steep/ Ridgeline
Owner: State of HI
Trails: ~ 5 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Difficult
Entrance Fee: N/A
Main Attraction(s):
Breathtaking view of
Honopu Valley &
The Na Pali Coast


The Honopu Ridge Trail starts on the western side of Waimea Canyon, leading hikers out along a narrow ridgeline and offering up some of the most incredible views of Kauai. However, this is definitely what you might call a destination hike, for the journey to these breathtaking views is quite the adventure. The trail is only maintained by volunteers, so finding your way along this overgrown path can be tricky. Thankfully, there are usually a few ribbons you can see as markers, letting you know you are still going the correct way.The other nuisance about this hike are the native ferns that visitors will have to battle through. We recommend wearing pants and maybe even long sleeves, as the ferns will scrape and scratch you along the way. Even with all of the challenges, Honopu Ridge still remains as one of our favorite hikes on Kauai. The view of Honopu Valley along with the Na Pali Coast makes it all worthwhile. It is a truly memorable experience to sit out on that ridge and gaze at the beauty that surrounds you. Take a look below at our video and photos to get a first-hand view of the trail. (The Honopu Ridge section begins at the 7:15 mark).

watch our quick video

browse our photos

Click here to check out some photographs of the hiking experience at Waimea Canyon.

read about it

Beyond the End of the Road: CANYON – Part 2

“We stood there panting, backs bent and hands on knees to take in the wild scene that had slowly been revealed to us: the enormous cliffs, waterfalls, the river which led to the pounding ocean 3,000 feet below with a pod of Humpbacks thrashing and fluming out to sea. The Na Pali lay dramatic and dangerous behind it. I simply didn’t know where to rest my eyes.”


By car: Follow the map below to Waimea Canyon Drive (Route 550). Continue up the canyon, staying on 550, and look for a small turnout about halfway between the 17 and 18 mile markers. Here you will find the trail head.

nearby attractions

Island Taco, Waimea

After some serious hiking in the canyon, satisfy your hunger at Island Taco in Waimea. Try the Seared Wasabi Ahi or Kalua Pork burritos (our favorites!)

more resources

Waimea Canyon State Park
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Trails of Koke’e – Koke’e State Park Trail Map
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

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